Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Cermit Gail Ramsey

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Cermit Gail Ramsey

Age 57, of Dille, WV passed away Friday, June 01, 2012.

He was born in Sutton, WV on June 02, 1954 a son of the late Carl B. Ramsey and Loreta June Butcher Ramsey.

Surviving Cermit are his wife Jo Ann Singleton Ramsey, one son, Randy Conrad and wife Rebecca of Flatwoods; two daughters, Erica Conrad of Canvas and Marie Ramsey of Clay, WV; two brothers, Calvin Ramsey and his wife Brenda of Jewell Ridge, VA and Carlton Ramsey of Brunswick, Ohio; two sisters, Donna Temeszara of Marietta, Ohio and Debbie Gibson of Ohio. Ten grandchildren also survive.

A private family service was held on Sunday, June 03, 2012.

Burial took place immediately after the service.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean Turner

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Betty Jean Turner

Age 75, of Ireland, WV, died May 29, 2012 at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born November 22, 1936 in Lackey, KY, a daughter of the late James Franklin Meade and Alma Frazier Meade.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur C. Benson; her second husband, James Clyde Thrower; two sons; James Benson and John Benson; one brother, Bill Meade; and one sister, Mary Ellen Hamilton.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Newton Elwood Turner; one son, Michael Thomas Thrower; three daughters; Christine Benson, Mary Riffle and Roxanna Lynn Posey; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty was Pentecostal by faith.

She had previously worked as a waitress and bartender at Skinner’s Grill.

Friends called from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, June 01, 2012 at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston.

Funeral services were held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 02, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Christopher Wagoner officiating.

Interment followed in Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Connie June Blake

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Connie June Blake

Age 62, of Summersville, WV formerly of Burnsville, WV passed away June 01, 2012.

She was born April 01, 1950 in Olean, New York a daughter of the late Ora and Gornett Gray Underwood.

Connie was a lifelong member of the Burnsville No. 85 Rebekahs.

Connie is survived by a son, Glenn Blake (Racheal) of Burnsville and a daughter, Suzanne Blake Ratliff (Steve) of Baltimore, Maryland. Also surviving is one brother, Roger DeLauder, Phillipi, WV and two sisters; Barbara Anderson, Follansbee, WV and Suzie Gooden, Beckley. Three grandchildren also survive her. She was preceded in death by one brother, Mr. Arley Lee Underwood, Beckley, WV.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 04, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV.

The family received visitors at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM on Monday.

Burial took place in K of P Cemetery, Burnsville, West Virginia.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods was in charge of arrangements.

Gerald “Jerry” Frame

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Gerald “Jerry” Frame

Age 76, of Sutton, WV, passed away Wednesday, June 06, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born on June 14, 1935 in Sutton to the late Lantie Elmore & Thelma Nuzum Frame.

Jerry was owner and operator of Gerald Frame Water Well Drilling.  He graduated Sutton High School Class of 1954, was a Army Veteran, former member of Sutton Fire Department.

He was a Methodist by Faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Robert Frame, Jack Frame, sisters; Gene Moffett.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife Myrtle Mullins Frame, sons; Jerry Frame and wife Amy of Sutton, Thomas Frame and wife Tammy of Seattle, WA, daughter; Terri Vidal and husband Leslie of Sutton, grandchildren; Macy Frame, Logan Frame, Amanda Vidal, Abigail Vidal, Andrea Vidal.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Greene- Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Robey Godfrey, Rev. Doug Smailes, Rev. Mark Hornish officiating.

Burial will follow at Frame Cemetery, Herold Road , Sutton.

Friends may call Saturday June 09, 2012 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Frame Family.

Bruce W. Townsend

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Bruce W. Townsend

Age 67, of the Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center, died Sunday, June 03, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born March 13, 1945 in Gilmer Station, WV, a son of the late Arthur B. Townsend and Lena Parsons Townsend.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur Jerry Townsend and Paul W. Townsend; and two sisters, Maxine James and Phyllis “Jackie” Love.

He is survived by one brother, Michael W. Townsend and wife Dolores of Weston; one sister, Peggy E. Bragg of Copen; one sister-in-law, Glenna Lavon Townsend of Jane Lew; and several nieces and nephews, two of which, Betty Townsend and Christina Hall, he had previously resided with.

Bruce had worked as a heavy equipment operator in the mining and construction industries.

He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

According to his wishes, cremation services were provided by Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.

Robert Gordon Ware

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Robert Gordon Ware

Age 88, of Sutton, WV, passed away June 04, 2012, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.

He was born March 13, 1924, in Centralia, WV the son of the late Harrison and Leava Gibson Ware.

Gordon was a member of Elk Memorial Church, Chemical Town and worked for PennLine Services and for Sutton Chemical Plant.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Herbert Ware, sisters; Eleanor Hall and Orpha Mace.

Gordon is survived by his sister; Geraldine Ware of Chemical Town, nieces; Phyllis Hamilton Cornwell, Vyonne Ware Farrell, Violet Ware Wainscott, Debbie Dobbins,and Karen Greenlief, nephews; Marty Mace, Kenny Mace, Paul Hamilton, Jr, Jefff Mace.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday June 08, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Centralia Cemetery, Centralia, WV.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Ware Family.

Howard Eugene Stout

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Howard Eugene Stout

Age 73, of Burnsville, WV passed away at home on May 30, 2012 after a short illness.

Gene was born on August 11, 1938 in Jane Lew, WV a son of the late Lonnie and Sarah Perkins Stout.

He was retired from the WV Department of Highways.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Helen L. Stout; two sisters, Mona Facemire and Garnett Smarr; six brothers, Richard, Harry, Murl, Russell, Burt and Dencil.

Gene is survived by two sons, Dywayne Stout and his wife Judy of Franklin, WV and Scottie Stout and his wife Lisa of Orlando, WV; three grandchildren, Tyler Stout, Bryan Stout and Katie Stout and one great-grandchild, Harmony. Also surviving are two brothers, Donnie Stout of Florida and Clarence Stout of Flatwoods, WV.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 02, 2012 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Rev. Donnie Stout officiating.

Burial was in Stout Cemetery in Flatwoods.

Friends called from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday evening at the funeral home.

Carla Gail Buck

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Carla Gail Buck

Age 46, of Birch River, WV passed away on June 03, 2012.

She was born on August 17, 1965. Her parents were the late Glen Henry and Etta Jane Green Baughman.

Carla was a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Carla is survived by her daughter Cassandra Stump of Birch River and Fiancée Jeff Hughart, siblings are Daniel Kenneth Clevenger of Akron, Ohio, James E. Clevenger of Elko, Nevada and Caroline Sue Clevenger of Akron, Ohio.

Memorial services were held 6:00 PM Thursday June 07, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Rev. Mark Stump officiating.

Friends called one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Buck Family.

Maysel Eileen McCloy Beck

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Maysel Eileen McCloy Beck

Age 90, a resident of 509 Brown Ave. in Belington, WV, departed this life at 6:31 PM on Saturday, June 02, 2012in Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown. She had been in declining health for the past two years, but death was unexpected.

She was born April 24, 1922, at Oxford, Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late William and Ollive Reed McCloy.

On November 21, 1940, at Catlettsburg, KY, she was united in marriage to the late Rev. Arden R. Beck, who preceded her in death February 17, 2012.

Surviving are one son, Kenneth Beck and wife, Darlene, of Tucson, AZ; one daughter, Arretta Beck of Belington; three grandchildren, Eric Beck of Carlisle, PA, Steven Beck of Califon, NJ and Lauryne Gentzler of Tucson, AZ; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Williard McCloy of Parkersburg; and one sister-in-law, Doris McCloy of Grafton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one infant son, William Edward Beck; four sisters, Inez, Martha, Georgia and Arzee; and five brothers, Lawrence, Stanley, Clarence, Herbert and Willard.

Mrs. Beck attended Doddridge County High School and graduated from Reader High School. She graduated from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and did graduate work at Kent State and Youngstown State Universities in Ohio. She taught at No. 16 School near Wellsville, Ohio, Park Elementary at Uhrichsville, Ohio, and at Lisbon Middle School, Lisbon, Ohio. She taught for a total of 23 years. She taught private art lessons in her home for several years and in 1987 wrote a children’s book “Leena’s Ribbon,“ which was published in 1995. Maysel worked and supported her husband, Arden, as he was a United Methodist minister for 71 years in West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. She sang in the church choirs and taught Sunday school and helped with church programs. She was a loving and supportive mother. She was an excellent seamstress, quilter and did needlework. She was an artist and loved to read.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Belington and the Ohio Education Association. In the past, she was a member of various education associations.

Friends were received from Talbott Funeral Home in Belington from 4:00 to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, June 06, and on Thursday from 8:00 AM until Noon, at which time she was moved to Asbury United Methodist Church, 512 Beverly Pike, Belington, where she was in state from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, the funeral hour when services will be conducted from the church with the Rev. Judy Flynn officiating.

Interment will follow in Belington Fraternal Cemetery at Belington.

Talbott Funeral Home of Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Maysel Eileen McCloy Beck.

McKinley Honors the Life of Former WVU Football Coach Bill Stewart

Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) addressed his House colleagues on Wednesday concerning the death of his friend, Bill Stewart.  Rep. McKinley honored his life during a “one minute” speech on House floor.


Below is the text of the speech, as prepared.

“Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.

Mr. Speaker, the state of West Virginia lost one of its greatest residents last week and I lost a very close friend.

Former head West Virginia University football coach and New Martinsville native Bill Stewart unexpectedly passed away Monday, May 28th..

Stewart was a man of integrity and high moral character who truly practiced what he preached, both on and off the field.

As a head coach for the Mountaineers, he represented our state and the University in the best possible way.

His signature win over Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl launched him into the national spotlight.

His legacy will be the type of life that he led. Coach “Stew” never met a stranger and he never lost sight of his home.

He lived each day to its fullest and had a contagious enthusiasm that impacted everyone around him.

“Leave no doubt,” Bill Stewart will be missed for years to come because he was a man of his word, a man who openly followed his faith, and a dedicated father, husband and friend.

Bill Stewart took the final country road to his place in heaven.

Mr. Speaker, I yield the remainder of my time.”

Troy Keith Grantham

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Troy Keith Grantham

Age 53, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 22, 2012 at Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Beckley, WV.

He was born July 12, 1958 in Blakely, Georgia.

He was a Boilermaker.

He is survived by wife, Lynette Duckworth Grantham; daughters, Amanda Peacock of Cordele, GA and Nicole Story of Caporn, VA; son, Troy Keith Grantham, Jr. of Illinois; mother, Joan Johnson Grantham of Halifax, VA ; sisters, Cindy Dukes of New Port Richey, FL and Laura Tingen of South Boston, VA ; two granddaughters and two grandsons; two nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by father, Larry Keith Grantham.

Services were held at 8:30 PM Friday, May 25 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Johnny Conrad officiating.

Friends called from 6:00 PM till time of service at the funeral home.

At Mr. Grantham’s request his body will be cremated following services.

Paul Bernard Radcliff

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Paul Bernard Radcliff

Age 75, of Homewood community, Weston, WV, went home to our Lord on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 at his residence.

He was born in Lewis County on June 21, 1936: son of the late Archie Radcliff and Nina (Burkhammer) Radcliff.

On March 24, 1959, he married Willa (McCray) Radcliff, who survives.

Also surviving is one son: Wayne Radcliff and three daughters: Valerie Riddle, Joyce (Rick) Alderman and Melody (Chuck) Westfall. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Rick Alderman, Tisha Cutright, Valla Riddle, Chris Riddle, Mindy Collins, Paul Haddix, Samantha Westfall and Sarah Hefner and 13 great grandchildren. Mr. Radcliff is also survived by three sister-in-laws: Yvonne McCray, Vonda Dye and Betty Radcliff, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by one brother: Donald Radcliff. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Mr. Radcliff was a glassworker for the WV Glass Specialty Company for several years and retired from the William R. Sharpe Hospital, both of Weston.

He was a member of the Bendale United Methodist Church of Weston, where he was Methodist by faith.

He was a member of the WV Army National Guard.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman- Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, June 07, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Carl Mouser officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial; Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Paul Bernard Radcliff.

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